The contributions of pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bill Evans to the language and appreciation of jazz continue to have a profound influence. Join master pianist Chick Corea as he leads original Evans alumni – bassist Eddie Gomez and the late drummer Paul Motian – on his new recording, “Further Explorations,” a two-CD live set of 19 tracks scheduled for release January 17, 2012, on Concord Jazz.
Produced by Corea, “Further Explorations” was recorded May 4-17, 2010, at the Blue Note in New York City. (2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Evans’ original “Explorations” LP with Motian and bassist Scott LaFaro on the Riverside label.) In preparation, Corea, Gomez and Motian examined the entire Bill Evans discography. Rather than approach the music as a tribute, his material provided more of a template. The results are inspired.